President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Yusuf Bichi as new Director-General of the Department of State Service (DSS) with effect from September 14.
Bichi takes over from Matthew Seiyefa who was appointed in acting capacity in August following the sack of Lawal Daura by Yemi Osinbajo while acting in capacity of president.
According to a press statement released on Thursday by Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, it describes Bichi as a core Secret Service operative.
Bichi attended Danbatta Secondary School, the Kano State College of Advanced Studies and the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria where he graduated with a degree in Political Science.
He began his career in the security division of the Cabinet Office in Kano, from where he joined the defunct Nigerian Security Organization (NSO), the precursor of the present DSS.
The new DG has undergone training in intelligence processing analysis, agent handling recruitment and intelligence processing in the UK, as well as strategic training at the National Defence College.
He comes to the job with skills in intelligence gathering, research analysis, conflict management, general investigation, risk and vulnerability operations, counterintelligence and protective operation and human resources management.
In the course of his career, Bichi has worked as the State Director of Security in Jigawa, Niger, Sokoto and Abia States.
He was at various times the Director, National Assembly Liaison, (National War College), Director at National Headquarters in the Directorate of Security Enforcement, Directorate of Operations, Directorate of Intelligence, Directorate of Inspection and Directorate of Administration and Finance.
He also served as Director at State Service Academy.
Bichi is married and with children.